ABSTRACT:
In the United States, 25 million people in the world have asthma, a respiratory illness, that causes difficulty breathing. This illness can be triggered by many factors such as air quality, pollen, dust, temperature, etc. Once triggered, asthma causes ones throat to close, making breathing difficult and causing that person to become light-headed. The main solution to asthma is an inhaler, prescribed by a doctor; however, inhalers only provide a brief respite and most of the time it is inefficient to wait to use an inhaler until one experiences an asthma attack. How can these life threatening asthma attacks and dilemmas be prevented? The goal of this pollution and environment sensor is assess the asthma patients location and predict if that location can trigger ones asthma before that person experiences the asthma attack. The expected outcome is a portable device that can detect the air quality, temperature, and humidity around asthma patients. If any of these factors exceed the individual threshold set by the patient, then the patients will be notified to stay clear of that area or to keep their inhaler close. If this idea is functional, then people will have a better defense against their asthma attacks because the best way to prevent asthma attacks is to avoid areas that will trigger them. A long term goal is to have this concept be modified to be used as air quality detectors set with adjustable settings for cars, buildings, and public places to monitor allergies and illnesses.”

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